Fresh figures show that immigration to Germany from countries hard-hit by Europe's economic woes rose sharply in the first six months of the year.
Germany's Federal Statistical Office said Thursday that the number of Greek citizens moving to Germany rose by 84 percent on the year to about 8,900. It says the number of Spaniards settling in Germany from January through June rose by 49 percent to 7,250.
The agency says a total of 381,000 foreigners moved to Germany, among them about 250,000 citizens from the European Union _ an increase of 29 percent.
EU citizens can move and settle freely across the bloc.
Germany, Europe's biggest economy, enjoyed robust growth in 2011, while Greece is mired in a deep recession and Spain seeks to battle an unemployment rate of about 20 percent.